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Timber reaches towering heights

Rüdiger Lainer
RLP Rüdiger Lainer + Partner Wien

Towering 24 storeys high, the timber high-rise HoHo Vienna is currently the world’s tallest building of its kind. What is more important, however, is its future practical value for cities. The tower is an integral element of Vienna’s new quarter Seestadt Aspern. It will accommodate offices, serviced apartments, a hotel and well-being areas. The approach for implementing these mixed uses around the clock is an innovative design system that provides maximum flexibility of floor space use. HoHo Vienna demonstrates the advantages of hybrid timber design over pure timber: the ability to create flexible floor plans suitable for multiple uses. The design approach was developed into a system that significantly helps deliver synergies between economy and ecology, architectural design and practical value.

Established in 1985, the architectural firm RLP Rüdiger Lainer + Partner has implemented more than 30 construction projects in Vienna, ranging from old building retrofits to the construction of office buildings and high-rises.
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